Good Morning SupaNation. There are three signifiers that tell us that the Summer has come to the end. The first of them is the young folk returning to school, the second of these is Labor day, and the final (and perhaps least recognized) is the Autumnal Equinox. The last of these is still more than a month away, but the second one is coming soon and the first is upon us. Men and boys (and yes, a few women too) are putting on helmets across the nation to share in the sacred ritual of pigskin. All is right with the world, if only between the white lines. It's a point frequently made here that you should all count yourselves lucky to be a part of this special game and perhaps even more to be chasing a dream and doing something that so few others dare to do. In spite of the contemptible drivel that sometimes passes for discourse around here, there is something to be celebrated about the character of most all of you: your sacrifices for the love of the game. So props all around- and let's get to it!
Northwest Ohio Knights @ Lima Warriors
Though the Knights have to come to Ada, they come confidently from the upset of the MVW- a team that thought itself likely to be still playing, but is not. The NWK are the real deal in every respect and have the tools necessary to shock the Warriors at home and advance deep into the USFA playoffs. The Warriors, too, Parkins or not, have pride and plenty of talent. Enough talent to win the day.
Ohio River Bearcats @ Miami County Blitz
While the Bearcats are certainly the favorite to win the MFL in year filled with parity and talent, they are not the same team upstate that they are on the River. The longest trip of the season will not be helpful to the Cats and the defense they face will find them frustrated early. Good thing for them they bring a big play defense of their own to take away the football and keep the Blitz offense impotent.
Kosciusco County Mustangs @ Classic City Crush
It's hard to tell what to expect from the new look Stangs- a team for so long built around the arm of Mike Whitaker, but now without their ace. The Mustang stable is still full of athletes and strong leadership. The KC defense is still among the best in the league as well- and though they've got horses in the backfield- they're not the team they were. The Crush find themselves just a few men and a few plays- but often 20 or more points- away from where they expected. Credit each of the men on the team, for whom giving up is not an option, even when getting beaten badly by a shorthanded Mustang team.
Elkhart Shamrock @ Indiana Generals
Much was made- and for good reason- about the Rock's relatively light early season schedule. Now the time has come to pay the piper, and while playing the loaded Generals is a challenge under any circumstances, having to go down to the Nap to face them is more than any IFL team is likely to survive this year. The Rock are certainly improved over last season (especially on offense) and are likely still to finish within the top tier of the rugged IFL, but this weekend will be a whipping that will provide a "growth opportunity" and a chance to take stock of where the team needs to go from here.
Indiana Cardinals @ Adams Count Patriots
Though these two teams match up very well on paper, it turns out that the Pats have (and have had for some time) the Cards' number. There is no love lost between the regional rivals and there are men on each team who have played with guys on the other team in the past. The Cards' offense looked out of sync when the hosted the Pats and you can bet the the Patriot machine is well oiled now and ready to go at home. Pats look better on both sides of the ball than in the first meeting.
Noble County Wolfpack @ Tri - County Raiders
As expected, the Wolfpack had their big coming out party last week and are looking to turn a tough start into a monster playoff push. The Wolfpack are a very disciplined team and are starting (finally) to click on offense. The Pack's defense has been among the league's best in the past several weeks and has found a way to play very well on the road. The Raiders, on the other hand, are fighting hard to stay out of the IFL cellar and have a good sense of what they need to do at home this weekend. Play ball control on offense and stay conservative on defense- otherwise, the game will be out of hand early. Raiders might be at home for this one, but their offense is not likely to make it out of the locker room.
Northern Illinois Cowboys @ Lake County Steelers
In the pantheon of underachievement and disappointment that have characterized Steeler history, this season will be legend. The Cowboys are a milktoast squad of mediocrity, but will be more than enough to bowl over the struggling Steelers, even at home.
Indiana Titans @ Lincolnway Patriots
I'm not sure I can think of a situation worse suited to the Titans' hopes for success (okay, maybe visiting the Thunder) than they'll face this week. They run into a Patriots team with one of the best ground games in the league and the Titans have yet to stop anyone's running game in the nightmarish MSFL. The trip will not serve them well, but I'm hoping they find some valuable lessons on the road.
Indianapolis Stampede @ Chicago Mustangs
This should be a great game- especially in the land of the Mustang. The Stampede have played very well at times for a team at .500 in league play and have hung tough in every loss. The Mustangs have been very good at home and are looking to find a signature upset. The Stampede will bring just enough to escape- this week at least.
Leyden Lions @ Chicago Thunder
This is how dominant the Thunder have been: they are touting a matchup with a team that is- like them- unbeaten in the league just to get attention. The Thunder's success (especially at home) has bred equal parts contempt and nonchalance across the MSFL. So dominant have they been that the rest of the league is simply tired of hearing about it. The Lions do bring a great squad to play the Thunder, but it is well known that even the best of teams do not find their way out Hanson stadium. The Thunder defense is the big difference here.
Madison Co Pirates @ West Central Wildcats
The Pirates are finally getting healthy, but find themselves heading to Brazil to play the best Wildcat team ever assembled. The WCW are very tough at home and will play havoc on the Pirates' passing game. The WCW running game is just now hitting its stride (ask the ECW) and will be the clear favorite on the road.
Ohio Force @ East Central Wolverines
As tough as teams have had it over the yeas, I can't remember a team every getting to the third week of August without having scored a single point. Even at home in Hartford City, the Wolverines have had a very rough go of things, and are not at all where they expected to be. They face several of their former teammates who have had much better luck this season. While this is a down year for defenses in the MFL (even Raber's Blitz are giving up 20+ ppg), the ECW have also had tremendous trouble on defense. Again this week, I raise by cup of Diet Pepsi to honor the integrity of the ECW as they play on in hopes of a victory or at least a point, but this week will not be fruitful for them.
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Wes-Del Warriors @ Union City Indians
Year two of the Maloy Administration is now underway in Union City and expectations are high. Though the Indians do not have a wealth of returning starters, Beef's approach has been to try to develop talent and make his young team better. The critical QB position does feature Junior Nick Mangas back at the helm, and that may well be enough to develop the young Indian offense. Big target TW Logan Shoemaker looks to have a breakout season, and in general, Maloy can count on more depth as well- something critical in the kicking game. While the Indians are not huge, they are in great shape and plenty deep. This should help avoid some of the late season and second half let-downs that turned the 08 campaign into a disappointment. This game will be a great one to see just how well conditioned players like fullback and defensive tackle Zach Anguiano (who Maloy is counting on to anchor the defense) really are. The Warriors come to town with- no kidding- 14 players on the roster. Beef will have flashbacks of his games with the old Shelbyville Outlaws if he's not careful. The Warriors are young, do not have a single 200 pounder on the roster, and will have most young men playing both ways- and doing it badly. This is a great opportunity for Beef to try a lot of different things and get his young kids into a game situation, but he has to be careful not to let his kids think that every week will be like the pounding of the Warriors that will come on Friday night. But let's all hope he lets them savor it till at least Saturday morning- this is going to be a blowout.
That's it from the Supa compound, located in a secure bunker 5000 feet below Dick Cheney's bunker (but several miles to the left)-and it is time to shut down the prediction machine for the night. I hope to come up to see some great football this weekend, so make sure the popcorn is ready. Make sure you're thankful when you strap on those pads this weekend and be sure that when that whistle blows, you go out and make your mommas proud!
Due to a poor player turnout...the Lake County Steelers forfieted the game against the Northern Illinois Cowboys...
All Members of the Steelers Organization will be contacted this week in regards to the last game of the Season for the Steelers against the Titans.
Hopefully the Steelers will finish up the season.
KC Mustangs 40 - Crush 21.
Wolfpack 42, Raiders 7
UC 32 Wes Del 6
Union City had 2 backs over 100 yards. Matt Prewitt and Gary Williams. Luckily this was the first game because we have alot to work on. Matt Prewitt got the game ball for his offensive out put plus he had 7 tackles 6 assists on defense. If this team hits its potential we will do well this year if not then it will be the same old song in Union City. Coaching staff has already broke down film on Adam Cnetral and we have a good game plan ready to go. We will see if this team can execute it.
Lima Warriors 17
NWO Knights 7
The Lima Warriors defense hold the conferences' highest scoring offense to 7 points for a second time this season, as Lima wins 17-7. Offensively on the night two Kaene Runion touchdown passes to Corey Clarke (8 and 69 yards) and a smothering run defense add up to another Warrior victory. Isaac Melton and Chris Brooks add sacks to Brandt Huttis' interception and fumble recoveries by Kyle Dickerson, Kenny Blake and Jason Bott. The Lima Warriors beat the Knights for the third time this season, and advance to play the West Michigan Force next Saturday.
OhioForce 55 EastCentralWolverines 0
As always,.. a great game with great sportsmanship, thanks again ECW for having us up!!
Pirates 12 @ Wildcats 23
None of us expected the defensive battle that was played tonight. Both teams played hard. We hope that none of the injuries were serious and we will see everyone on the field again next weekend.
good game o-force gl on the rest of ur season
pats 50 titans 14 titans traveled lite again due to injurys and got smacked in the mouth by a good pats team good luck pats in the playoffs
stampede 28- mustangs 6
from what i hear the cutters traveled rather light and made sure they rotated all players, and the starting QB did the coaching for the O.
from the bloomington new paper
[August 22, 2009]
Cutters Demolish Panthers
STURGIS, MI- Following their first loss in more than a year’s time, the Indiana Cutters proved Saturday that they are still a force to be reckoned with as they won 63-3. They traveled to Sturgis, Michigan to take on the St. Joseph’s County Panthers, and that is pretty much all they had to do in order to win the contest.
The game began with the Cutters’ defense forcing a three-and-out, a result that the Panthers would become accustomed to as the day progressed. Then the scoring onslaught began as Quarterback Josh Lawrence found wide receiver Derrick Harris on a 17 yard strike. Not too much time had passed and Lawrence found himself in the end zone again on a three yard run. Before the half was done Israel Thompson and Aaron Biggs each added two rushing scores of their own, combining for 113 yards. Those six scores combined with interceptions by Antonio Key and Garrett Greathouse led to complete domination by the Cutters. The half came to an end with the Cutters leading 42-0.
Unfortunately for the Panthers, much of the same was in store for the second half. Thompson and Lawrence each scored on the ground, and for the second time on the day the Panthers saw one of their passes end up in the hands of a Cutter with Key on the back of his jersey. This time though it was younger brother Andre who came up with the interception, and ran the ball 52 yards for the touchdown. The Panthers were however, able to gather a little bit of redemption, as they kicked a field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter.
The Cutters ended the game victorious for the fifth time this season. The players had good reason to feel good about the victory. The coaching staff however, is concerned that the team may not be focused on correcting their mistakes from this game given its high score. The Cutters return to Edgewood next week for the regular season finale against an Elkhart squad that will provide a much higher level of competition, and they cannot afford to take them lightly. Enjoy it for a week Cutters fans, the Shamrock are up next.
Jake Lawrence 9/11 84 yds. 1TD 0INT
Aaron Biggs 11 att. 98 yds. 2TD
Israel Thompson 14 att. 81 yds. 3TD
Lawrence 6 att. 12 yds. 2TD 1 Fumble
Travis Boyd 1 att. 22 yds.
Travis Boyd 5 rec. 29 yds.
Derrick Harris 2 rec. 21 yds. 1TD
Thomas Moffitt 2 rec. 35 yds
Antonio Key 1 INT
Andre Key 1 INT 1TD
Garrett Greathouse 1 INT
Rodney Harvey 1 FR
John Sandlin ½ Sack
Heath Johnson ½ Sack
Jeff Westell 9/9 XP , 0/1 FG (missed from 47)